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Green Sandpiper - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Northcape
Southern Norway, Summer 2004
Tringa ochropus


21–24 cm (8¼-9½ in)
Upper parts a dark grey brown with white speckles but with white rump, underparts brilliant white, streaked breast, barred tail. Greenish legs.

Similar Species

Smaller than Common Redshank, larger than Dunlin; see also Wood Sandpiper.


Winter Plumage
Photo © by aloktewari
Nazafgarh Wetlands, Gurgaon-Delhi Border, Haryana, India, 9 February 2017

Northern Eurasia; winters to southern Africa, southern Asia, Philippines and Australia.

In the UK, small numbers winter widely scattered across the area. They are generally common in spring and fall passage, with only a few pairs breeding in Scotland.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Most often found on edge of pools, shores of reservoirs etc



Picks insects up from water.

Photo © by Sy V
Upton Warren, Worcestershire, England, March 2013


Nests in trees reusing nests of birds like thrush.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing occurrence in the UK

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